Following shows from Nintendo and Microsoft, Sony held its first major showcase of the year on Thursday. PlayStation has had a busy 2023 so far with Forspoken’s release in January and the February 22 launch of the PlayStation VR2. The February 23 State of Play serves more as a stopgap, highlighting many notable third-party games and indies coming to the PlayStation 5 and PSVR2 over the next several months. The presentation ended with a lengthy segment dedicated to Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, giving us our clearest look yet at Rocksteady Studios’ next game.
It was a pretty packed show, although none of the announcements were quite able to match the ones made at Nintendo and Microsoft’s early 2023 game showcases. Regardless, there are still plenty of reveals that PlayStation fans should know about from this State of Play. That’s why we rounded up everything announced during the event right here.
The February 2023 State of Play started with a look at five upcoming PlayStation VR2 games. The first was a supernatural shooter called The Foglands. After that, we got a look at the PSVR2 port of Green Hell VR. Then, nDreams announced a first-person shooter where players can manipulate gravity called Synapse. That was followed up by a trailer for the sci-fi shooter Journey to Foundation, based on Issac Asimov’s creation. Finally, we saw Before Your Eyes in VR. These games will launch throughout 2023.
During the presentation, Sony revealed the three games that will be free with the basic version of PlayStation Plus. They are Battlefield 2042 from EA and Dice, Minecraft Dungeons from Mojang and Xbox Game Studios, and Code Vein from Bandai Namco Entertainment. These games will all be available on PS Plus from March 7 until April 3.
Originally a Stadia and PC exclusive, Larian Studios announced that Baldur’s Gate III would come to PS5. We got a new trailer that showed a mix of cinematics and cRPG gameplay. For those looking for a classic-feeling RPG experience to sink their teeth into, this definitely looks like it’ll scratch that itch. Baldur’s Gate III will release for PS5 on August 31.
To conclude this State of Play, we got our best look so far at Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Its showcase segment begins with a confrontation with The Flash, who knows where the Squad’s target, Lex Luthor, is. We then see Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, and King Shark jumping across Metropolis’ rooftops, fighting lots of enemies along the way. Overall, it looks like a third-person shooter with large fighting arenas and fast-paced movement. They find Luthor, but The Flash intervenes, before he can do anything, though, a noncorrupted Wonder Woman intervenes.
After that gameplay segment, several game developers discussed Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, providing more context for the title’s premise, characters, gameplay, gear system, multiplayer mode, and post-launch support. Those post-launch updates will include new missions, and new playable characters Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will be released for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S on May 26.
- The showcase started with a sizzle reel of announced and upcoming PSVR2 games.
- Destiny 2: Lightfall got a new cinematic trailer.
- Tchia got a March 21 release date. It will be on PlayStation Plus Extra on day one.
- Humanity for PS5 and PSVR2 had a demo. It will be released in May 2023.
- Goodbye Volcano High got a new trailer and June 15 release date.
- Naruto X Baruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections was announced, and will launch on PS4 and PS5 this year.
- Wayfinder got a gameplay trailer ahead of a February 28 beta.
- Zangief, Lily, and Cammy were revealed for Street Fighter 6.
- Resident Evil 4‘s remake got a new trailer ahead of its release and a demo announcement.
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